July 15, 2019

The young Basiano, firstborn son of Septimius Severus, was named Caesar (that is, heir to the imperial throne) in mid-April 195, in the context of the first Eastern campaign of the North African emperor, just after the reconquest of the strategic stronghold of Nisibis, which had been occupied by Arabs and Adiabenans troops a short time ago. [...].

May 31, 2019

On the first of January of AD 205, the two imperial princes, sons of Emperor Septimius Severus, Antoninus (Caracalla) and Geta, were named consuls. This appointment, certainly important especially for the young Geta since it was his first consulate, had its reflection in the coinage of the Rome mint. There are, in effect, a couple of monetary types whose iconography clearly points in that directi...

April 27, 2019

The Secular Games (Ludi Saeculares in latin) were a set of ludic-religious celebrations by which the end of a new century of existence of the Roman civilization was celebrated. This century, saeculum in Latin, had a duration of 110 years: the maximum time that was estimated could live a person. The decision to celebrate the seventh edition of the Secular Games in the year 204 was taken during the...

January 23, 2019

Doğanyurt (also called Araphisar) is a small village in the interior of Turkey, heir to the once rich and famous city of Alabanda, capital of Roman conventus iuridicus and seat of Episcopal diocese during the Byzantine rule. The date of foundation of Alabanda is unknown. Probably it must be dated sometime in the first half of the first millennium BC, as it is the case of the surrounding cities. In...

December 18, 2018

Antioch, the once great metropolis of Syria and capital of the diocese of the East, was founded at the end of the 4th century BC by Seleucus I, the first Seleucid monarch. The new city was born under an auspicious star since the intention of its founder was to use it as the capital of his enormous empire. This explains the great care taken in tracing its streets, perfectly adjusted to the demands...

November 15, 2018

The ruins of the Celtiberian town of Villasviejas del Tamuja are located about 3 kilometers from the town of Botija (province of Cáceres, Spain), being able to reach them by a dirt track in good condition. Highlight that great part of its materials and even its structures were reused many years ago for the construction of sheep corrals. The site occupies the top of a broad but low hill, whose gen...

August 31, 2018

Alexandria, the great Egyptian metropolis, continues being, today as yesterday, one of the most populous and commercially trafficked ports in the entire Mediterranean. Although there are very few preserved remains of its once monumental buildings, we can contemplate a multitude of minor pieces such as statues and inscriptions: sufficiently well preserved to give us an idea of the high level of spl...

July 31, 2018

The ruins of the ancient Aeolian city of Aigai (Aegae in Latin) are located half a dozen kilometers from the small Turkish village of Yuntdağıköseler, on the summit of a rocky mountainous area known in antiquity as "the Mountain of the Sun." Aigai is mentioned by Herodotus and Strabo as one of the twelve largest cities founded by the Aeolian colonists. Although its legendary foundation...

June 30, 2018

Nicomedia corresponds to the current city of Izmit in the Turkish province of Kocaeli. It was founded in the year 264 BC by the bithynian monarch Nicomedes I, whose name the city reminds. It was the capital of the kingdom of Bithynia during the existence of this one and later, already under Roman dominion, capital of the Pontus diocese (Bythinia et Pontus).

May 5, 2018

Aquileia was founded by the Romans in 181 a.C. receiving the Ius Latii, which marked it as a friend and allied of Rome, although with a lower legal rank than the colonies of Roman veterans/citizens. Ninety years later Aquileia gets the status of Roman municipality, evidence of a great economic prosperity based on its condition of starting point of several first-class commercial routes and also in...

March 10, 2018

Nysa was founded on the hillside of a mountain met by the ancients as Mesogis. The area is populated with trees nowadays, mainly pines. Geographically it was a carian city although very close to the border of Caria with Lydia. The Meander River runs close to it, in the valley, reason because the city is usually named "Nysa on the Maeander". Strabo points out that the first name of the c...

February 13, 2018

Founded with the name of Perinthos at the end of the 7th century BC, Heraclea was an ancient city of Thrace, now defunct, whose remains rest under the buildings of the Turkish city of Marmara Ereglisi. Its strategic position on the Marmara Sea coast, halfway between the straits of the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles, facilitated its economic development, constituting for centuries a prosperous comm...

October 21, 2017

The ancient city of Lugdunum corresponds to the present Lyon, the great city of the French southeast. Founded in 43 BC by the Julius Caesar´s legate, Lucius Munatius Plancus, will reach great importance, prosperity and wealth during the high-imperial period as described in contemporary texts, to the point of rising to the status of first city --capital-- of Gaul. This splendor would begin to weake...

September 25, 2017

The story of Kyme (Cyme in Latin), Turkey, is long as few. It was founded by greek settlers from the city of Locris sometime from the 8th century BC. The settlement prospered greatly to the point of forming a local emporium focused on maritime commerce, with little relation to the interior of Anatolia. With the passage of time it would be considered the largest and most important of the aeolian ci...

September 2, 2017

The scant ruins of Cyzicus, once the great capital of Mysia, are located a few kilometers from the Turkish town of Erdek, in the north of the country, half hidden by the thick olive groves that populate the area. The exact place is known as Bal Kiz, the ancient Kiz, proceeding the word Kiz from Kyzikos, the greek name of the city. Founded in the mid-7th century BC by Ionian greeks from Miletus, C...

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